The mouth is a reflection of what is taking place inside your body. Most of the times we forget this or better still we are ignorant about this.
So many illnesses taking place inside your body can be seen in the mouth. Therefore, the dentist might be the first person to give you a key to an ongoing hazard in your body. You may be wondering how this is so. It is so because the mouth is part of the body. It is the mirror of the body. Whenever you visit your dentist, you are asked a number of questions that you may think are not pertinent to oral health so you don’t disclose important medical facts! Each time you hide something from your dentist, you are hurting yourself because there is a reason why you are asked particular questions. There are common diseases that your dentist can notice from the mouth e.g. HIV/AIDS, Diabetes Mellitus, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, oral cancer, etc. Special considerations are undertaken by your dentist when you are pregnant, when you’re taking certain medications and even when you have certain allergies.
It is important that you disclose all medical information to your dentist!
Dr.Nakyonyi Maria Gorretti
Uganda Dental Association- Projects Secretary